The Department of Data Science collaborates with disease programs, cooperative groups, and investigators across the globe. For over thirty years, we have partnered with clinicians and researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and beyond to solve quantitative challenges in cancer research. Our goal is to generate the knowledge and tools to drive progress in cancer research.

Our faculty and staff provide quantitative expertise in areas ranging from clinical trials to basic biology. We also provide statistical leadership for Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center’s Biostatistics Core, ECOG-ACRIN and the International Breast Cancer Study Group.

Collaborative Research Centers

The department is home to the computational groups for several cancer research programs.

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Center for Functional Cancer Epigenetics

Exploring epigenetic alterations and abnormal transcriptional regulation

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Center for Cancer Evolution

Understanding cancer evolution through a multi-disciplinary approach

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Center for Immuno-Oncology

Conducting clinical trials in immunotherapy


Dana-Farber / Harvard Cancer Center

Uniting Harvard’s cancer research efforts


ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group

Reshaping the future of patient care

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International Breast Cancer Study Group

Dedicated to researching breast cancer treatment

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Knowledge Systems Group

Enabling cancer genomics research and precision cancer medicine

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Program in Regulatory Science

Novel approaches for the development of therapeutics and biomarkers

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A personalized medicine cancer research study

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Susan. F Smith Center for Women’s Cancers

Creating powerful possibilities for patients